Post-free agency trade for Dallas Mavericks to consider: 2. Mavs grab Hield
It appeared Buddy Hield would be traded to Los Angeles on draft night, but the Lakers decided to acquire Russell Westbrook instead. Sacramento drafted Davion Mitchell ninth overall and added another guard to their logjam. They would love to move Hield but are waiting for the right deal to do it.
The Kings need to open minutes in the backcourt. They want to play De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton starters minutes and have significant playing time for Mitchell. The only way to make that happen is to trade Buddy Hield.
Hield has three years and $61.6 million remaining on his contract. He is one of the best shooters in the league and a proven 20-point per game scorer but is a liability on the defensive end of the floor. The 28-year-old is in his prime and is hungry to play in the postseason.
The Dallas Mavericks want to put shooters around Luka Doncic. They are unlikely to offer a first-round pick but might be willing to give up two seconds to acquire Hield. Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein make the salary work. The deal is a win for both sides, but Sacramento could be looking for more.